Most of us have heard of John McCormack, the great Irish tenor. Even though few, if any, of us have ever actually heard McCormack sing, people of Irish heritage were never shy about arguing that McCormack was a greater singer than the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. The October 9 meeting of the Irish Cultural Society will fill in the audience’s gaps in its knowledge and appreciation of John McCormack. The title of the presentation is “John McCormack: The Voice That Calls Across the Years.”
Speaker Mike Fitzpatrick will use Power Point and re-mastered recordings of John McCormack to validate his thesis that John McCormack was more than a singer of Irish songs and ballads; he was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century.
Fitzpatrick has had an abiding interest in John McCormack for more than 40 years, which accounts for his passion to bring John McCormack’s greatness to organizations like the Irish Cultural Society and any group which supports the Arts. He is currently president of the Nassau County Civil War Roundtable.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street from the Garden City Hotel.